When simple activities such as walking or standing become a burden, you may feel that pain has taken control of your life. The Vertiflex(r) Procedure from Boston Scientific may help you take it back.Your leg and back pain might be the result of a condition called lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), which can develop from normal wear and tearon your spine as you age. LSS is commonin adults over the age of 60.The Vertiflex Procedure is a safe and minimally invasive treatment for effective long-term relief from LSS pain.
What is LSS?
Lumbar spinal stenosis leads to the narrowing of the spinal canal. If left untreated, the narrowing may cause constriction of the nerves that run down the back and into the legs. This can result in pain and discomfort in your back and legs and limit your mobility.For most people, symptoms develop gradually over time and are often made worse by walking or standing.Symptoms of LSS may include:
- Pain while walking
- Numbness or “tingling” feeling in your legs, calves, or buttocks
- Loss of balance
- Aching, dull back pain spreading to your legs
- Decreased endurance during physical activities
- Tendency to sit or lean over slightly to relieve pain.
How does the Vertiflex Procedure work?
The Vertiflex(r) Procedure is a minimally invasive outpatient treatment. It uses a small implant that relieves pressure on the affected nerves. It was designed with patient safety and comfort in mind.The implant works by supporting your existing anatomy and is reversible, leaving all treatment options available in the future.The Vertiflex Procedure may not be right for everyone, as any treatment has associated risks. Ask your doctor if the Vertiflex Procedure is right for you.